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One Teen's Thoughts on BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild

Posted on 06/27/2013 @ 12:00 PM

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When you're a kid, they tell you that if you're a good person, you'll be rewarded and, if you're a bad person, you'll face consequences for your actions.

This could not be more false.

Before coming to BBYO Stand UP and Rebuild: A Teen Issue Summit on the Power of Service, I was excited about doing a little bit of community service and getting some hours for it. It wasn't until Patricia Dresch-- a Hurricane Sandy survivor-- came to share her story that I truly realized how important our service was to these people. Patricia lost both her husband and daughter while fighting the violent waters that flooded her home. She seemed like such a kind person, so I couldn't understand why such horrible things happened to her.

It wasn't fair.

Her bravery was so inspiring and made me 110% more excited to serve the affected community. In that moment, all I wanted to do was take away the pain that this disaster caused her, and I knew that I wasn't the only one in the room that felt this way. Although life didn't serve her justice, we were all ready to try and make things better. I finally felt the power that our service had in this community.

- Roni Rose, Charlotte, NC

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